Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Locating the Cannons

On Sunday, Gossips published three newspaper articles from the 1920s reporting on Hudson's acquisition of cannons to adorn the lawn around the armory. Indeed, so many cannons were acquired--two from the Civil War, four from the Revolutionary War, one captured from Germans during the Great War (I hope this was the one that got melted down during World War II)--that it is hard to imagine where they all were positioned around the building. Most historic pictures of the building show two cannons in front. This picture, taken after the disastrous fire that all but destroyed the armory on December 31, 1928, shows the location of another of the cannons, along the State Street side of the building. My guess is that this is one of the Civil War cannons.

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